Friday, January 11, 2008

Cheaps cars for everyone?

While I appreciate it is ridiculous for anyone in North America, where the myth of the open road originated and where the average car current gets worse mileage than a 1976 Datsun, to complain about automotive developments in other parts of the world, it is hard not to wonder whether the release of $2500 Nano will be a disaster for the planet, not to mention India's already crowded roads and hospitals, destroying whatever naive hope that the developing world can leapfrog past our car-based culture to an efficient, modern transportation system.

At least the Nano gets 47 mpg (and isn't made out of clay).


Anonymous said...

For another take.

John Mashey said...

Weirdly enough, I think this is amongst the lesser of the world's problems:

a) I don't think India yet has the road infrastructure to support a huge uptick in number of cars.

b) I think it will take a while to build the cars.

c) and I think Peak Oil will start biting (everybody except oil producers who subsidize it for their people) big-time before much of a) and b) happen... According to CIA Factbook, India was already importing 2M barrels/day in 2005.

On the other hand, this size car might well get to be a reasonable platform for EV or PHEV, which are far more useful in India's urban areas anyway.